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Some of the challenges were bonkers," said Edwards. "And for the first time in my career I got to commentate while sitting on the toilet...

Oct 11, 2010

See the video at eurotuner.com or youtube.com/eurotuner

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Just before the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship's end of season showdown, Silverline Chevrolet gave its drivers Jason Plato and Alex MacDowall an unusual challenge.

In order to celebrate its first season in the BTCC, the two Chevrolet Cruze drivers battled on a disused airfield, but instead of getting behind the wheel of their racecars, they were set head-to-head challenges, hosted by ITV Sport commentator Ben Edwards - known to British fans as the voice of BTCC.

"Some of the challenges were bonkers," said Edwards. "And for the first time in my career I got to commentate while sitting on the toilet..."

The challenges included jobs normally reserved for the backbone of the Silverline Chevrolet team - the crew that keep the race team together each weekend. Jobs such as changing the wheel on a BTCC car, which saw Alex MacDowall require the services of Bernard the Paramedic and his magic bandaid, plus reversing the team's race transporter into a loading bay. Despite both drivers' best efforts, the truck still came off better than the cones...

Or how about blindfold driving, where both drivers were given points for directing each other into cardboard cut-outs of other BTCC drivers? Or seeing them get to grips with a car twice the age of Jason Plato and four times that of Alex MacDowall - a 1928 Chevrolet National AB Tourer - in an autotest alongside the much more maneuverable Chevy Spark.

BTCC drivers aren't renowned for being delicate, and they proved this by taking a Captiva on an off-road course, which culminated in the automotive equivalent of tightrope walking - precision driving it across two parallel bars.

"At one point they even stopped filming this bit," said Jason. "I was so determined to get it right that everybody fell asleep while I had my 39th attempt."

And finally, there was the bathroom challenge... To see how the drivers fared, watch the teaser video at eurotuner.com or youtube.com/eurotuner Or you can visit www.chevroletbtcc.co.uk, where all of the challenges are available to view as short movies.

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